Trade cold weather for sunshine without thinking twice! Here’s how to plan ahead and keep your sanity while you take off for the holidays.
Do your research! Check tons of airlines, then check them again. Airlines and their flights are ever-changing, so make sure to be flexible with your dates and your destination. If you’d rather not monitor flights from your desktop all week, set up price alerts. You’ll get emailed when your selected flights’ prices start to rise or fall.
If staying with a friend or family member isn’t an option, do your research – there may be an inexpensive hotel nearby. Try to call the hotel and negotiate directly, you may have better luck than just visiting their website to book. If a hotel isn’t in your budget, check out Airbnb, Hotwire, or Priceline for more great deals.
Save on airport meals by packing your own snacks in your carry-on – just make sure you don’t open them before you go through security. If you forget to grab something at home, find an inexpensive restaurant to grab a bite to eat before you hop on the plane. When you reach your destination, there are even more ways to save on food! If you decide to rent a condo or Airbnb, why not try your hand at cooking? Pick up some local ingredients from the grocery store down the street and fix up an authentic holiday meal.
There’s plenty to do, especially around the holidays! Before you make plans, search for free or low-cost activities to occupy your time. If you’re near the ocean, head to the beach or if you’re staying in the mountains, find a trail and go for a hike! Get creative – ask locals for their favorite activities and make your own fun.